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Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki)

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Address: 69-1 Awataguchi Sanjobocho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0035 , Kyoto Prefecture
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Pure tranquility.

A beautiful quiet spot in the city of Kyoto, this temple was our favorite, mainly as not many tourists were around, and it was so peaceful. There was a little pond with Coy in it... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Perth, Australia
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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A beautiful quiet spot in the city of Kyoto, this temple was our favorite, mainly as not many tourists were around, and it was so peaceful. There was a little pond with Coy in it, and a nice little walkway that gave you a view over the roof to Kyoto city, and nice traditional sprawling indoor regions with panoramic views... More 

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Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Shoren-in Temple is a beautiful old temple complex. It does a steep staircase to walk up. So, for some that may prohibit a visit. However, a visit is well rewarded with the beauty of the area.

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Metro Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

At night, the temple showcases its "illuminations," which are lights that delightfully brings the temples trees and other surroundings to life. It's a nice, romantic spot.

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Gold Coast, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

This gem of a place is a wonderful contrast to the busy, noisy and touristy temples and shrines of Kyoto. It is not packed with tourists, yet was in my opinion, the best and most beautiful place to visit, especially if interested in Japanese culture. We were lucky enough to catch the tail end of autumn, and many trees still... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

I went for the illuminations and they were nice, but I think this place is probably better by day, given that other reviewers say that the highlights are the indoor art and the lack of crowds.

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Grosseto, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

Visited this temple at night and.... Wow!!! This is very well organized with perfect light for incredible photos. Suggest to be there at opening time, in order to avoid the crowd. Veryvery suggested.

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

If you love Japanese history, probably already know some tale of this temple, once upon a time, long ago, the Imperial family stay here on few occasion, a beautiful temple to visit and relax to walk around, since not too crowded like others sight, a famous Japanese designer use the Lotus flower on the fabric, basic on this temple, you... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

It's easy to walk right this place moving from hien shrine to higashiyama. Despite the big camphor trees out front. But this is a delightful garden and very restful place. Seems to be off the tour party list so also less crowded. Go again at night for the lights in autumn.

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Derbyshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

This temple is hard to miss with it's big camphor trees, however it seems not very popular with the tourist, which was all the better for us. For once we had not to walk in queues in the garden. Beautiful landscaped garden. Don't miss it, it is worth the 500Yen admission fee you have to pay.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

On our early December visit the foliage was at its best. This temple garden has it all. (Not to mention a connection to the imperial family.) Pay your entrance fee and take off your shoes. First you visit an open hall with lovely floral painted fusuma doors, elegant paintings on the upper walls, and tatami mats on which you can... More 

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